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A Sooty Fritillary

A Sooty Fritillary
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 8:25
Viewed: 2904
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The False Heath Fritillary (Melitaea diamina) is so called because it superficially resembles the Heath fritillary (Mellicta athalia).

But this English name is not very appropriate, partly because diamina´s habitat is damp open meadows and partly because it is easy to see diamina's distinctly darker colour. But this misnomer is understandable since the Heath fritillary is very rare in Britain where the False Heath fritillary has never occured.
The Swedish name describes it as the Sooty Fritillary. The female is less sooty and has more spots on the hindwings.
It is, however, rare in Sweden occuring in a few localities in the South and Cental parts and it is fairly widespread but only locally common in most of Europe.
As its host food plant two species of Valeriana that occur in moist habitats it is threatened by land drainage and modern methods of agriculture.

This shot was taken at a distance of about two meters with my camera hand-held.

horia, peter_stoeckl, ellis49, Adanac, jcoowanitwong, ramthakur, Alex99, marmottelolo, star74, Maite, ferranjlloret, Bufo, fyapici, undoredo, cecilia, fiyo, sandpiper2, jeanpaul has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-17 8:32]

Hi Ivan

A wonderful diagonal composition with this very beautiful butterfly!
I really like the POV here - with its wings wide opened - and teh sharpness of the details.
Also the POV is great, the exposure isspot-on and the colros are charming and well saturated.
I quite like the framing, too, as well as the contrast between the light green of the grass and the darker colors of the butterfly.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-17 8:36]

very good butterfly shot, nice brown and orange colours. Good composition and pov.
tfs paula

Hello Ivan,
very clear and precise portrait of this rather unspectacular and rare little beauty. With very careful handling of contrast you have made even the slightest shades of colours well visible. Nice, well balanced composition.
Valuable addition to the TN collection of outstanding butterfly portraits of less known species.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hej Ivan,
this rare butterfly is a really beauty. Lovely colours and pattern. Sharpness and exposure are very good. The butterfly is well seen against the BG.
Well done.

De ska tydligen finnas här i närheten, vid Testeboån.
Jag får leta i vår och sommar.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2006-12-17 10:18]

Hello Ivan,
This is just a great macro with great detail in a natural setting background. Focus, composition and depth of field are all good.
TFS Rick

Hello Ivan,
Very nice natural colors, composition, and exposure. Sharp and crisp clear image. A perfect picture to appreciate.

A beautiful dark coloured butterfly with yellow spots on the wings and at the tips of its antennae, Ivan.
Ideal POV, great sharpness and a pleasant overall composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-17 11:14]

Hi Ivan.
I like your perfectly composed shot so much. Very nice diagonal construction of the picture, excellent details and sharpness, soft lighting and delicate tones. BG is simply wonderful by its blurriness and colours. My compliments and TFS.

bonjour ivan
bonne approche,le DOF est bon ainsi que le POV.le BG est bien flou et exempt de bruit.
le papillon tres joli dans ses formes.

hi ivan,
lovely shot,
well composed with good pov,
nice dof, lovely colours,
good bg,
tfs & regards

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-17 12:06]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful capture of this amazing BF.
Nice vivid colors,details and sharpness.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-17 12:13]

Hello Ivan
That does is a perfect shot! Precious butterfly and wonderful composition! I love it. Thank you very much for sharing and for the useful information.
Best regards

Hi Ivan,
You have made a good composition of this pretty princess. Warm greetings.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-12-17 15:23]
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Hi Ivan,
I very rarely use a telelens for taking shots of insects. Just because I often face the difficulty of motion in the picture.
But you seem to have a steady hand. Great work! Did you also use flash (looks a bit that way)? Also a nice butterfly. Must say I've never seen this species, but I think it's beautiful.
Regards, JAcob

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-17 15:32]

Hello Argus,
a professional picture of diamina. The species can be recognized even on the thumbnail. Very good focus and sharpness and attractive natural colours as usual. The specimen you found is completely intact - I don't miss any scale on the wings' upperside!
Bewt wishes, Peter

Hi Ivan,
A perfect one. All other friends told every things. I can say only that this is superb!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-17 18:04]

Hej Ivan
Great butterfly shot again. Good colours, sharpnes, details, BG and POV.
Well done mf.


Hi Ivan,
Lovely photo you've taken!!
Perfect POV and DOF, fantastic pose of butterfly, delicate details and framed nicely, the composition is also great.
Well done, Ivan.
TFS and happy new year!! :-)

Great shot! Beautiful image, excellent clarity, detail, composition and presentation.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-17 23:15]

Hello Ivan

A beautiful shot of this butterfly.The POV and DOF are well handled.The colours are very natural and well saturated.Nicely focused with good texture and detail.Also well placed in the frame creating a pleasing composition.TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-18 6:39]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent macro shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I prefer you Swedish name
Great shot, I like the diagonal composition
Excellent sharpness and contrast

Bonjour Ivan
C'est une excellent prise de vue en macro! Composition très belle avec de belles couleurs, et très beaux détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et Bravo....JP
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